ICC “recognises the extended periods he has spent in bio-secure conditions over the past two years”
“The ICC recognises the extended periods he has spent in bio-secure conditions over the past two years and will continue to support the wellbeing of all match officials operating in this environment,” the body said in a statement on Wednesday.
Gough had to be suspended from his duties during the tournament for a six-day period starting October 28 following “a breach of the event bio-security protocols”.
Gough’s next game had earlier been scheduled for November 4, between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Abu Dhabi.
He had been slotted to officiate in two games during the warm-up phase prior to the tournament, two games in the first round and eight games during the Super 12s. Four of those games – Australia vs South Africa on October 23 in Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on October 24, Afghanistan vs Scotland on October 25 in Sharjah, and Pakistan vs New Zealand on October 26 in Sharjah – had been completed before the breach.
Gough had two more games marked against his name in the group phase after the November 4 assignment: Australia vs West Indies in Abu Dhabi on November 6, and Afghanistan vs New Zealand, also in Abu Dhabi, on November 7. Replacements for Gough have not been named yet.
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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